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ChimerascopeJury selection for Sunburst Award short listAurora Award Finalist for Best CollectionCBC Bookies Award Finalist for Best Collection Chimerascope a story of many parts A dinner conversation takes three lifetimes to finishA geologist faces a planet sized eons old puzzle to save her crewThe hero of t If there is a theme to such a complex collection it is change and adaptability And while the heroes and heroines of the stories here are confronted by major upheavals and challenges not all manage to overcome them successfully or sometimes the price is just too highI will present a short discussion story by story while I recommend to check the excerpt site on the author's website for a taste of each of the pieces in the collectionScream AngelChimerascope starts with a bang in this powerful adventure tale set in the author Merged Corporate EntityRippers future in which the malignant Corporate Entity took power on Earth in a post apocalyptic future and led humanity to the stars only to exploit and rape all non human life sentient or not IP aka Indigenous People in the name of profit Using special combat troops with an innocuous name Rippers Relocation of Indigenous People that are addicted to Scream a special drug that transforms all powerful emotions into highs allowing the addicts to kill torture or be abused beaten by their superiors with a smile on the face so to speak to exterminate or at best imprison and use the natives The Entity seems to have an unassailable hold on humanity But one RIP Force officer who develops a friendship with the strange aliens providing Scream may prove otherwise A dark and powerful story with a first line that sets the tone for what is to comeThey stopped beating Trelayne when they saw that he enjoyed it AThe Red Bird Changing style and tone from the dark tale of the Rippers above we move here to a mythical fantasy like medieval Japan a strange temple and the even stranger bird from the title Young Asai becomes the last warrior of the Red Bird but when the local warlord decides to sacrifice a whole village to get the secret of the temple what will he doPowerful moving and not uite predictable ABy Her Hand She Draws You Down This is a straight out horror story about a painter who is compelled to draw people to feed a dark hunger in herself; her companionlover fears he will be next Well done and with a nice twist though farther than usual from my sensibilities ANew Year’s Eve A Y2K bug story based on the author's industry experiences and with overtones of Casablanca of all things this story worked less well for me and it's conventional B The Boys Are Back in Town A partly funny partly dark story in which various gods from several pantheons are back in town mostly enjoying themselves in a pub Paulo narrates with Dino as main companion I leave to the reader to figure out who are the two I enjoyed this one a lot; one of the most pure entertainment tales of the collection though it has its dark parts too AState of Disorder Another core story of the collection this one involves time travel revenge and as nasty a villain as it gets on a personal scale A chilling story of three dinners in the same place and time and a very satisfying ending made this another A story for meNothing A short experimental story on the horror side I did not really care for this one though it works as a mood piece B Symphony A strong sfnal story about a sentient light symphony that objects to humans colonizing its planet How would you communicate with such and how would it react to a baby who lacks all human baggage are some of the issues addressed here AOut of the Light Urban fantasy detective story that read well and was short enough not to be too annoying for me but overall not my cup of tea BEnlightenment Another Merged Corporate EntityRIP Force story and one with a very interesting genesis and reader feedback as the author recounts This time we have strange aliens with supposedly mysterious powers who seemingly gave away all such to live the simple life; of course all that works out until nasty Rippers come from the sky and start the usual torturing and killing left and right to get to those secrets While the general direction of the tale is clear there are some unexpected twists and a superb ending; the story itself is as powerful as any in the collection AThe Last Ride More mythology on the Nordic pattern with Valkyries this time; what price immortality and what would an immortal sacrifice to know a regular life AJigsaw As the author tells it the one YA story of the collection that came by specific circumstances though it reads very very well in the traditional derring do of sf adventures with Cassie Morant a leading Earth researcher in the ftl wormhole technology of the mysterious Wormers that gave humanity the stars and an expedition that encounters seemingly benevolent and less developed human like aliens; fast and mostly fun traditional sf that shows the scope of the author's range and another favorite of mine AThe Dancer at the Red Door What if there is a secret society of immortals that draw life from a magical dancer What is the price of joining them Ultra successful businessman Alexander King finds out in this excellent story which is traditional urban fantasy at its best AGoing Harvey in the Big House Big G is not that bright but he is content with his life inside the big house that is his universe until he stumbles upon the unknown; a partly strange structure partly horror story this one did not work as well as I expected for me mainly because of the main protagonist; I tend to like this type of story and following the mystery of the structure to the end is worth it BA Taste Sweet and Salty Another superb story about a man that dies every night only to wake up as someone generally different the next day; all happens in a town from which escape seems impossible until the main hero has an insight; unpredictable and with a great ending this story is another highlight of the collection and the one non sf A for meMemories of the Dead Man I would say last and best bu

Douglas Smith ß Chimerascope READER

He Fall of Earth must choose between love and revengeA man is born each day into a new life only to die each nightA sentient aurora threatens the last of humanityA house as big as the world These are some of the stories you will encounter in Chimerascope the first full collection of short fiction This is a collection of short stories that was almost perfectly geared to my reading tastes I only had one story that didn't really appeal to me but the rest had me very intrigued I would read a story or three in a sitting because I just wanted to enjoy reading this book over a longer period of time instead of diving straight through it I'll probably be re reading this in the near future because I enjoyed it so much

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PDF » BOOK Chimerascope ↠ ❮BOOKS❯ ✹ Chimerascope ✯ Author Douglas Smith – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk Jury selection for Sunburst Award short listAurora Award Finalist for Best CollectionCBC Bookies Award Finalist for Best Collection Chimerascope a story of many parts A dinner conversation takes three Jury selection for SunburstFrom multi award winning Canadian author Douglas Smith Sixteen engaging stories of fantasy and science fiction that take you from love in fourteenth century Japan to humanity's last stand from virtual reality to the end of reality from alien drug addictions to a dinner where a man loses everything Beautifully created worlds Highly recommend this book Each story left me with something to think about days later